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  • Fine European C eram

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    Fine European Ceramics New Bond Street, London | 4 December 2019

  • Bonhams 1793 Limited Registered No. 4326560 Registered Office: Montpelier Galleries Montpelier Street, London SW7 1HH +44 (0) 20 7393 3900 +44 (0) 20 7393 3905 fax

    VIEWING Saturday 30 November 12pm to 5pm Sunday 1 December 11am to 5pm Monday 2 December 9am to 4.30pm Tuesday 3 December 9am to 4.30pm

    SALE NUMBER 25312

    CATALOGUE £25.00

    BIDS +44 (0) 20 7447 7447 +44 (0) 20 7447 7401 fax

    To bid via the internet please visit

    Please note that bids should be submitted no later than 4pm on the day prior to the sale. New bidders must also provide proof of identity when submitting bids. Failure to do this may result in your bid not being processed.

    Telephone bidding will only be accepted on lots with a low estimate in excess of £1,000.

    Live online bidding is available for this sale Please email with ‘live bidding’ in the subject line 48 hours before the auction to register for this service

    ENQUIRIES Nette Megens Head of Department +44 (0) 20 7468 8348

    Sebastian Kuhn Department Director +44 (0) 20 7468 8384 Sophie von der Goltz Specialist +44 (0) 20 7468 8349

    CUSTOMER SERVICES Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm +44 (0) 20 7447 7447


    As a courtesy to intending bidders, Bonhams will provide a written indication of the physical condition of lots in this sale if a request is received up to 24 hours before the auction starts. This written Indication is issued subject to Clause 3 of the Notice to Bidders.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION The United States Government has banned the import of ivory into the USA. Lots containing ivory are indicated by the symbol Ф printed beside the lot number in this catalogue.

    REGISTRATION IMPORTANT NOTICE Please note that all customers, irrespective of any previous activity with Bonhams, are required to complete the Bidder Registration Form in advance of the sale. The form can be found at the back of every catalogue and on our website at www. and should be returned by email or post to the specialist department or to the bids department at bids@ To bid live online and / or leave internet bids please go to 25312 and click on the Register to bid link at the top left of the page.

    Fine European Ceramics New Bond Street, London | Wednesday 4 December 2019 at 2pm

  • Sale Information

    BIDS 44 (0) 20 7447 7447 +44 (0) 20 7447 7401 fax To bid via the internet please visit

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    VALUATIONS, TAXATION & HERITAGE +44 (0) 20 7468 8340 +44 (0) 20 7468 5860 fax

    CATALOGUE SUBSCRIPTIONS To obtain any Bonhams catalogue or to take out an annual subscription: Subscriptions Department +44 (0) 1666 502200 +44 (0) 1666 505107 fax

    SHIPPING For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Alban Shipping on +44 (0) 1582 493 099

    COLLECTION AND STORAGE AFTER SALE All sold lots will remain in Bonhams New Bond Street Collections department free of charge until 5.30pm Tuesday 17 December 2019 Lots not collected by then will be returned to the department. storage charges may apply

    Please note that Bonhams will be closed from 5.30pm Tuesday 24 December 2019 until 9am Thursday 2 January 2020

    The following symbol is used to denote that VAT is due on the hammer price and buyer’s premium

    † VAT 20% on hammer price and buyer’s premium

    * VAT on imported items at a preferential rate of 5% on hammer price and the prevailing rate on buyer’s premium

    Y These lots are subject to CITES regulations, please read the information in the back of the catalogue.

    Payment in Advance (Telephone to ascertain amount due) by: cash, cheque with banker’s card, credit or debit card.

    Payment at time of collection by: cash, cheque with banker’s card, credit, or debit card

  • European Ceramics

    Sebastian Kuhn Department Director

    Nette Megens Head of Department

    Sophie von der Goltz Specialist


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    1 AN URBINO MAIOLICA WET DRUG JAR ATTRIBUTED TO THE FONTANA WORKSHOP, CIRCA 1565-70 With a serpent handle over a grotesque mask, decorated with two putti holding up a label reading SY.IVIVBINI, above a seated crowned woman holding a sceptre flanked by trees, in a mountainous landscape with rocks and buildings, 23cm high (spout re-stuck)

    £6,000 - 8,000 €7,000 - 9,300 US$7,700 - 10,000

    This vessel is part of a series that is now believed to have been made in the workshop of Orazio Fontana for the apothecary of the Santuario di Loreto. A large part of the apothecary is in the Museo del Palazzo Apostolico di Loreto.

    Two vases of this type without the drug label, one in the Victoria and Albert museum ( and one formerly in the Spitzer collection, are instead inscribed ‘Fatto in Urbino’ (made in Urbino). In T. Wilson/E. Sani, Le maioliche rinascimentali nelle collezioni della Fondazione Casse di Risparmio di Perugia, (2006), 55, the authors point out that the series can be attributed to the Fontana workshop based on stylistic comparison with a vase in the British Museum and a vase sold at auction in London in 1950, both inscribed ‘FATE.IN.BOTEGA.DE.ORATIO.FONTANA’ and ‘FATTO IN URBINO IN BOTEGA DI ORATIO FONTANA’, pp.166-170. It is plausible that the seated figure represents the city of Florence, though this theory cannot be proven. The decorative scheme recurs on a later series made in Pesaro or Castel Durante around 1574-75, where the crowned figure is sitting beneath a canopy. Both types are illustrated next to one-another in Rudolf E A Drey, Apothecary Jars (1978), plates 24a and 24b. A further albarello is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, illustrated in Julia Poole, Italian maiolica and incised slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum (1995), no.411. She notes that there are some forty known pharmacy vessels, albarelli and ewers, most of which she lists, p.377. There are two further albarelli in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (inv. nos.1975.1.995 and 1975.1.996). A pair of similar wet drug jars was sold at Christie’s Paris, Collection d’un amateur, 15 May 2003, lot 535, and a double-handled pharmacy jar at Christie’s London, 2 November 2016, lot 199.

    4 | BONHAMS For details of the charges payable in addition to the final Hammer Price of each Lot please refer to paragraphs 7 & 8 of the Notice to Bidders at the back of the catalogue.

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    2 A MAIOLICA ISTORIATO PLATE, URBINO OR VENICE, MID 16TH CENTURY Painted with a scene depicting Vulcan discovering Mars in bed with Venus his wife and about to trap them with a net, watched from the left by the gods from Olympus, titled ‘Venere e Marte’ in blue on the reverse, the rim edged in ochre and similar bands on the reverse, 23.7cm diam. (haircracks to glaze surface on reverse)

    £3,000 - 5,000 €3,500 - 5,800 US$3,900 - 6,400

    Provenance: The Property of a Gentleman, sold Christie’s London, 19 May 1975, lot 150

    3 A SMALL CASTEL DURANTE MAIOLICA DISH, CIRCA 1540 Painted in the centre with a green-ground portrait of a lady in profile, surrounded by a blue-ground border with trophies and plaques titled SPQR in shades of ochre, the rim edged in yellow, the underside with scrolling motifs in blue, 22cm diam. (restuck through middle)

    £600 - 800 €700 - 930 US$770 - 1,000

    6 | BONHAMS For details of the charges payable in addition to the final Hammer Price of each Lot please refer to paragraphs 7 & 8 of the Notice to Bidders at the back of the catalogue.

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    4 A TUSCAN, MONTELUPO OR CAFAGGIOLO, MAIOLICA LARGE BOWL WITH THE MEDICI COAT OF ARMS, CIRCA 1540 The inside painted with the Medici coat of arms surrounded by floral and foliate borders, the exterior with further yellow- and blue-ground borders, the foot with blue, white and ochre bands, 32cm diam. (restuck)

    £2,000 - 3,000 €2,300 - 3,500 US$2,600 - 3,900

    Provenance: Italian Private Collection

    5 A DERUTA MAIOLICA TAZZA, PROBABLY THE WORKSHOP OF GIACOMO MANCINI (“IL FRATE”), CIRCA 1540 Decorated in blue and lustre with a scene from the life of St Hieronymus, a lion beside him, in a hilly landscape with Christ on the cross in the background, the reverse with several concentric bands, 26cm diam. (restored)

    £5,000 - 7,000 €5,800 - 8,100 US$6,400 - 9,000

    Provenance: The Howard Neville Collection of Early Works of Art and Textiles, Bonhams Knightsbridge, London, 9 December 2009, lot 26; Italian Private Collection

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